April 22 COVID-19 update: District strives to keep students, parents connected

As teaching and learning continues to take place virtually, Fayetteville-Manlius School District is focusing on keeping students and parents connected to school.

“This is undeniably a stressful time for families,” F-M Superintendent Craig J. Tice said. “It’s important for students, parents and guardians to know that we are here for them.”

When F-M launched its remote learning system last month, the district’s focus was on making sure students could access technology at home during the school closure period. This included loaning hundreds of Chromebooks to students who needed them and troubleshooting any learning platform issues that students were experiencing.

Now, with online-based instruction in full swing, the district’s priority is making sure students are engaging in learning, completing assignments and staying in touch with their teachers.

“We know some families might be facing extra burdens right now,” Dr. Tice said. “Conversations can help us find out students’ needs as we progress with digital school routines.”

Dr. Tice said maintaining a home and school connection is important not only to assess progress, but also so that educators can celebrate students’ successes, share good news and acknowledge academic gains.

“Relationships are the foundation of our classrooms,” Dr. Tice said. “We are physically distant, but the emotional connection is still there.”

F-M parents, guardians and students can email teachers and staff members directly or use Schoology’s messaging feature to send a note. Staff continue to monitor their school voicemail messages and are promptly returning calls. Parents and students can use the two-way interactive communications platform, Let’s Talk to submit general feedback, concerns and questions. Messages submitted via Let’s Talk are sent directly to Dr. Tice.

“The more we know, the better we can serve our school community,” Dr. Tice said.

Continued communications

The district will continue to update the community via the district website with any new information and frequently asked questions.

Any time-sensitive, critical information will be shared via the district’s SchoolMessenger notification system, which sends email, text message and phone call notifications, depending upon how parents subscribed to the system.

More COVID-19 information and previous F-M COVID-19 communications